At The Conservation Fund (the Fund), we take your privacy very seriously. Please see below the measures we take in each area to protect you. Our fundamental pledge to you is that we do not buy, sell, or exchange your personal information with any organization—public, private, or nonprofit. That applies for every donor whether you give online or off.

Our privacy policy covers what information the Fund collects on its Web sites and how we use that information.

What information do we collect?

Your IP (Internet Protocol) address is used to gather broad demographic information such as the geographic regions most interested in our site and what type of browser most of our visitors prefer. This information helps us to better maintain and update our site to be the most user-friendly and relevant. IP addresses do not provide us with any identifiable personal information such as your name, address, or email address, thus keeping visitors anonymous.

The Fund collects information volunteered by visitors, such as answers to survey questions, information collected when purchasing a publication or class, and during the donation process. Information collected in these interactions includes personally identifiable information, information about organizational affiliation, and information about your conservation interests. No personally identifiable information is collected about individuals without their knowledge.

How is this information used by The Conservation Fund?

The Fund has a strict policy against buying, selling, or sharing mailing lists and donor information. Under this policy, personal information provided to the Fund is NEVER shared or sold to any other organization—public, private, or nonprofit.

E-mail policy

The Fund provides forms on its website where users can sign-up to receive e-mail newsletters and periodic notices about conservation topics. We limit communications by e-mail to users who have opted in to receive e-mail communications or in the course of business for online transactions including confirmation of contributions and product or course purchases. Each email sent contains an easy, automated way for you to cease receiving email from us, or to change your expressed interests.

If you currently receive our quarterly newsletter, Common Ground, by mail, and would like to stop receiving a hard copy mailing, e-mail us your full name and the address where you are receiving it with the subject line, "Please remove me from the Common Ground snail mail list."

Security of Your Information

The Fund takes the following measures to ensure that information collected on our website is kept secure and is used as intended. All data are stored on secure, firewall-protected servers either at the Fund’s offices or those of business partners and is only accessible to authorized Fund and partner staff.

Sensitive data, such as credit card and other financial information, are collected on secure forms and transmitted using industry-standard Secure Socket Layer Encryption (SSL) technology. Credit card information is retained only as long as necessary to complete the donation or purchase request of the user.

We take utmost precaution to protect credit card information. But users who prefer not to use credit cards for online donations can complete this donation form and mail or fax to:

Mary (MJ) Sorenson
The Conservation Fund
1655 North Fort Myer Drive
Suite 1300
Arlington, VA 22209
Phone: (703) 908-5834
Fax: (703) 525-4610


In accordance with the European Union’s General Data Protection Regulation (Regulation (EU) 2016/679, hereinafter GDPR), this section applies to citizens of the European Union countries who use our Web site and the Personal Data (as defined in GDPR) we collect from them.  EU residents have the right to: obtain a copy of the Personal Data collected; correct the Personal Data we have collected; have us erase the Personal Data collected if consent to collection of the Personal Data is withdrawn; and have Personal Data transferred.  We respect your privacy rights and provide you with reasonable access to the Personal Data that you may have provided through your use of our Web site.  If you wish to access or amend any Personal Data we hold about you, or request that we delete or transfer any information about you, you may contact Mary (MJ) Sorenson at or at the address listed above.

At any time, you may object to the processing of your Personal Data, on legitimate grounds, except if otherwise permitted by applicable law. If you believe your right to privacy granted by applicable data protection laws has been infringed upon by the Fund, please contact Mary (MJ) Sorenson at or at the address listed above. You also have a right to lodge a complaint with data protection authorities.

You may opt out from the collection of navigation information about your visit to the Web site by Google Analytics by using the .


LInks to third party sites

The Fund’s website provides links to third-party sites. While we make efforts to choose our links carefully, we cannot take any responsibility for the content of linked websites, or for the privacy policies of websites we link to.  Because we do not control these sites, we encourage you to review the privacy policies posted on these third-party sites prior to any use.

Response to "do-not-track" signals

We do not respond to Web browser “do not track” signals. Additionally, third-parties do not collect personally identifiable information about your online activities through our website. If you redirect to a third-party website from this organization’s website, the policies concerning your activity on third-party sites is administered through that third-party.

Privacy Policy Changes

We may amend this privacy policy from time to time. Your continued use of our website after the date that such notices are posted will be deemed your agreement to the changed terms.

use of materials on this site

The contents of this site are intended for your personal, noncommercial use. All materials published on the site (including, but not limited to, text, graphics, images, photographs, illustrations, maps, trademarks, trade names, service marks, logos, information obtained from the Fund’s licensors and partners, and other materials (Site Content)) are protected by copyright, and owned or controlled by The Conservation Fund or the party credited as the provider of the Site Content. You are required to abide by all additional copyright notices, information, or restrictions contained in any Site Content accessed through the Service.

You may download or copy the Site Content and other downloadable items for personal use only, provided that you maintain all copyright and other notices contained therein. Copying or storing of any Site Content for other than personal use is expressly prohibited without prior written permission from The Conservation Fund, or the copyright holder identified in any copyright notice contained in the Site Content.

Except as expressly permitted on this site, you agree not to license, distribute, create derivative works from, transfer, sell or re-sell any information, Site Content, or services obtained from this site. No graphics, photographs or other visual elements obtained through this site may be used, copied, or distributed separate from the accompanying text without the prior express written consent of the original owner or The Conservation Fund. You may not mirror this site or Site Content or frame any of the Site Content contained in this site or any other server.  You may not under any circumstances attempt to deface, shut down or otherwise damage this site.